Tooth sensitivity discomfort is often linked to problems with the mineral density of tooth enamel, or with untreated areas of tooth decay. Both of these can cause pain or a stinging sensation when you consume hot, cold, sweet, or sour things.
If your teeth are generally strong and healthy, but if you have developed an acute case of tooth sensitivity, you might have another oral health problem afoot. In a situation like this, an experienced dentist like Dr. Dorsey W. Baker can help identify the cause of the tooth sensitivity to develop an effective treatment plan.
If there are any possible concerns with the health of your tooth enamel, our dentist might recommend administering a simple fluoride treatment to help address any tooth sensitivity that is linked to tooth enamel erosion. Any active cavities will also need to be treated with dental fillings or a dental crown restoration.
If your tooth sensitivity discomfort is limited to your upper teeth, your discomfort may be partially caused by a chronic sinus infection. With a sinus infection, the mucus buildup can cause inflammation in the lower sinuses and potentially place excessive pressure on the nerves of the upper teeth, ultimately causing them to respond when exposed to hot and cold substances.
In a case like this, your primary physician might be able to provide you with a prescription nasal decongestant to help gradually alleviate the sinus pressure. As the pressure gradually abates, you will likely notice a decrease in your tooth sensitivity symptoms.
If you live in the Glendale, Arizona, area, and if you have been experiencing problems with tooth sensitivity, you should call 602-942-0623 to seek professional diagnosis at Dorsey W. Baker’s dental offices.